How it works
You’ll enjoy dedicated support from the moment you sign up.
Work permit processing times vary but we encourage you to apply at least three months prior to your job start date.
1. Sign up
2. Employer submits the job offer letter through the Canadian Government website, and provides you with a contract
3. Submit your profile to the IEC Young Professional candidate pool
4. Receive and accept Invitation to Apply
5. Submit IEC Application
Complete web forms and upload required documents to the IEC website. You will also need to pay any IEC and Government of Canada fees (CAD $161).
Police certificate requirements can vary by applicant. Generally speaking, only applicants who have lived outside of the U.S. for 6+ months are asked for police certificates but others may also be required to provide this. U.S. citizens typically do not require biometrics.
Medical report requirements can vary by applicant. Generally speaking, only applicants who indicate an interest in working in fields such as childcare, healthcare, or education are asked for this but others may also be required to provide this.
6. Receive IEC Work Permit Decision
7. Purchase travel medical insurance
8. Provide travel dates
The last step before you travel is to give us your planned travel date. In order to register you with SWAP, the program provider in Canada, we will need your estimated travel dates. Please note that your work permit validity will be specific to your job start/end dates.
9. Enter Canada and receive work permit
10. Attend orientation, social activities, and more
- 18-35 years old
- U.S. citizen
Program Fee: $895
- Personal support from friendly staff
- Program handbook
- Pre-arrival orientation (virtual)
- Arrival orientation (virtual or in the Toronto or Vancouver support centers)
- Access to social activities
- Social media groups to help you connect
- Work permit information
- $161 CAD government of Canada fees paid by you
- $230 CAD government of Canada fees paid by your employer
- Travel medical insurance
- Flight / transportation costs
Please note that InterExchange is not an immigration specialist or visa service provider. Your payment to InterExchange covers the program fees for InterExchange and SWAP for the items indicated above, but it is up to you to actually obtain the appropriate visa and/or work permit needed for your program. We will provide general information about this process along the way.
Develop your career in Canada
You’ll have support during the application process and throughout your program.